Sisters share their love of agriculture

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Do you think Shelby and Sierra Zmurchyk are excited about farming?

The fourth-generation dairy producers are also pretty pumped about being the final winners in Alberta Farmer’s felfie contest.

“We would like to say thanks so much,” said Shelby, 18. “This is a great opportunity to share our love of agriculture while giving back to the community with a donation.”

Shelby and 13-year-old Sierra (pictured behind her sister) work with their parents on Zmurchyk Dairy near Lethbridge.

Their $100 donation will go to the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen.

Shelby, who is taking a year off after high school, snapped this pic in the dairy barn while taking a break from milking cows. Sierra, who is still in junior high, also helps out with the dairy but is more involved with the purebred Angus herd the sisters began together through their involvement in 4-H.

“I focus on my herd, but also help Mom and Dad with the genetics and whatnot within the dairy herd,” said Shelby, who tweets at @farmchic_10.

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Shelby is planning to stay on the farm for a while.

“The way we’re raised on the farm is completely different than being raised in a city,” she said. “You just learn a lot of the life skills at a very young age, like driving and how to pitch in. The family farm is what keeps money and food on the table. We learn that we have to pitch in to keep it running.”

Being a fourth generation on the farm makes it that much more special, she said.

“You just keep thinking about the family that worked so hard to get there,” she said.

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Alexis Kienlen

Alexis Kienlen lives in Edmonton and has been writing for Alberta Farmer since 2008. Originally from Saskatoon, Alexis is also the author of two collections of poetry, a biography, and a novel called "Mad Cow."

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